Interview with Julia Roberts, Former Fit Minded Member

Why did you join Fit Minded (formerly Women Bound to be Active)?
I was at the UNO Women’s Walk and saw your booth. I thought it sounded like what I needed to get back on track in an exercise regime. And then I realized books were used in conjunction with the program, and I get to meet other women and exercise. The fact that it was a research study was also intriguing to me.

What was one part of the Fit Minded program that was most beneficial to you?
Getting together with a variety of women of all ages and points of life to discuss books was great. And the fact that it was facilitated by Dr. Huberty to keep us on track was great. I really liked the environment.

What were your goals and do you feel like you achieved them?
Yes. My goals were to be in a group where I could connect with other women to get back on track in a physical activity routine. The pedometers were a great tool to monitor my progress. I completed the course, increased my physical activity and learned more about myself.

How do you think you’ve changed?
I’ve come to realize that, and it was so helpful with women my age, we don’t have to do it all and be everything to everyone. I can take care of myself first and we’re so much better for everyone around us that way. By nature, women are more verbal, and being in this group format was so much more beneficial. Everyone brought something different to the table. There was great conversation, a lot of thought put into comments. You really get to know what they’re feeling.

What is the biggest value of Fit Minded?
The support from the others, and guidance from Dr. Huberty as well as the friendship built. When you see a former member of the group you catch up right where you left off from the last time together.

What advice would you give to members who are participating or will be involved with Fit Minded?
You need to learn to open your heart and your mind. Learn to embrace who you are. Everyone is different, from different parts of time in life. Be happy with who you are. We all have something in life to give.

Colleen Smart, Fit Minded Member Update

I just thought I would check in with you and give you an update. I am very conscious of doing a daily planned activity besides walking and in the process, although I know this is not our focus, I have lost 22 pounds.

You have created somewhat of a monster. I feel so much better about myself because of this. I have alot more confidence and because of that, I am more willing to put myself out there and try new things. I also have alot more energy which is great as I am expecting another grandchild around August 25th. I will be quite busy with two and I am looking forward to it.

Colleen Smart
Omaha, Nebraska

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Jen McEvoy is Fit Minded

Jen McEvoy joined Fit Minded more than 2 years ago. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and beautiful daughter Lily (7 years old). Here is how Jen is Fit Minded:

I started wearing a pedometer when I was in the program a few years ago, and I still try to get 10,000 steps each day. From time to time I lose or break a pedometer, and if I go for more than a week without one I can start to feel the difference…not in a good way!

So I get a new pedometer and get back on track. Maybe not everybody needs this constant reminder of daily activity, but it is what has worked for me. I lost 30 pounds by being Fit Minded, but more importantly, I am healthier, and I am helping my daughter grow up with a healthy lifestyle as well. We walk to school every day – I have to get my steps somehow!

My advice on how to be more Fit Minded… Wear good shoes! If your feet don’t feel good you’re not going to do extra walking. They don’t have to be athletic shoes – I have a few (my husband would say “several”) pairs of fabulous boots that I wear all the time – and they’re comfortable to walk 10,000 steps in, even though they look great!